August 15, 2017 2
Is Barnaby Joyce homesuck? ... how will Deborah O'Neill vote? ... taxpayer-funded campaigning ...
February 25, 2015 1
What France's financial meltdowns mean for nuclear power in Australia. And other business tidbits of the day.
September 12, 2014 4
The good news is that Dreamliners aren't totally unsafe -- at least not more so than any other jet. But they aren't exactly a neurotic's dream either.
March 3, 2014 4
For all the gnashing of teeth and exhortations to action, the government has done very little about Qantas -- other than allowing Virgin to unfairly stack the deck.
February 21, 2014 11
Qantas execs say they're not operating on a level playing field. With their competitors getting plenty of goodies and subsidies from their governments they want some too. Do they have a point?
November 30, 2012
Blockbuster movie premieres don’t get any bigger than the opening of Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit movie. But the road to get here has been anything but smooth, writes Luke Buckmaster.
July 25, 2011
The comments made by Air New Zealand’s CFO Rob McDonald concerning ‘painful’ delays to its launch order for the Boeing 787-9 are regarded as the smoke rising from an issue that is about to ignite, reports Ben Sandilands.
July 5, 2011 3
The ATSB has revealed that a Qantas Airbus A380 flew through one of the danger zones for 15 minutes about 210 kilometres north of Nadi, Fiji, just over a week ago.
June 23, 2011
It is rare for Qantas to reveal the performance of its passenger-carrying brands in isolation from each other. The current financial situation is so bad it threatens the very existence of Qantas as a group, says its CEO.
May 11, 2011 4
Qantas finds itself surrounded on the once lucrative routes between Australia and the US by airlines that are capitalising on the biggest fleet blunder it ever made, in choosing NOT to buy Boeing 777s.
January 21, 2011 5
If the Air NZ purchase of 14.9% of Virgin Blue is a blocking move to prevent, say, Etihad from acquiring a significant interest in the carrier, it may well be thwarted by "unintended consequences".
January 21, 2011
Air New Zealand's pursuit of a stake in Virgin Blue comes at a time when Richard Branson, who owns 26% of the Australian airline, is working the European finance media with stories confirming that he is prepared to sell down his 51% stake in the UK flag carrier Virgin Atlantic, reports Ben Sandilands.
December 17, 2010
The competitive topography of air transport in Australia has changed, with Virgin Blue gaining ACCC approval of a trans Tasman alliance with Air New Zealand and a provisional approval of its alliance with Abu Dhabi based Etihad, writes Ben Sandilands.
October 12, 2010
After a day of phone calls, texts and emails about Air NZ’s latest viral ad campaign, maybe this blog should help spread the virus. But will it win more customers than it alienates? asks Ben Sandilands.
September 10, 2010
It’s backs to the wall time for Virgin Blue, with the ACCC today making a draft rejection of its proposed trans-Tasman route-sharing deal with Air New Zealand.
May 11, 2010
The airlines don’t want to give away flights for ‘free’ to frequent flyers anymore, they want to sell however many millions of points they care to mint out of thin air to third parties. What is left to look forward to? asks Ben Sandilands.
May 3, 2010
Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand have come up with a proposed alliance that makes them friends across the Tasman and continued enemies inside New Zealand.
April 23, 2010
There will be four very different forms of ‘smart’ check-in procedures in domestic air travel by the end of this year, which should allow people who have checked in to board their flight right up to the moment the door is sealed. Ben Sandilands explains.
March 19, 2010
Another set of nails have been driven into the coffin of class distinctions and curtain partitioned cabins in short haul air travel, with Air New Zealand to offer single cabin services across the Tasman, writes Ben Sandilands.
September 21, 2009 1
The Qantas 2009 annual report out this morning is served up with side dishes of amnesia and hope. And a big plan for restoring their reputation. Will it work?